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The Model Supervisor Award

The annual Model Supervisor Award, established in 2007, is given to a Penn supervisor who demonstrates exemplary behaviors and serves as an outstanding role model.

Model Supervisor Behaviors

These behaviors reflect the University’s standards for a Model Supervisor and are used by the Selection Committee to identify individuals who qualify for this award:

    • Applies fairness and consistency to all actions.
    • Communicates goals and expectations clearly and holds staff accountable.
    • Provides tools for achievement.
    • Removes unnecessary barriers to accomplishment and assists with problem solving.
    • Provides feedback in a constructive way and manages issues in the workplace.
    • Treats all with dignity, respect, and integrity.
    • Collaborates with other peers and organizations and supports an environment of collaboration.
    • Empowers everyone to achieve their best and offers development opportunities for future growth.
    • Understands and supports work life balance.
    • Appreciates the contribution that a diverse workforce offers, and supports efforts to sustain a diverse workforce.
    • Safeguards and manages assets and institutional resources for the greatest support for institutional goals.

The Nomination Process

Nominations for the Model Supervisor Award are due in the fall for contributions made during the previous fiscal year (July 1- June 30). Any member of the Penn community can nominate a Model Supervisor.

We’re looking for supervisors who are role models and exemplify the Model Supervisor Behaviors. You may nominate staff supervisors of any level, except senior academic or administrative leaders of a school or center. They must supervisor at least two Penn staff to be considered.

The nomination process is detailed, and all its components must be completed before the nomination can be accepted.

The Models of Excellence Nomination Guide provides all of the information you need to complete this process. The Nomination Guide is currently being revised, and the updated version will be published soon.

Questions? Call 215-898-1012 or contact us by email.

Selection and Notification

An annually rotating Models of Excellence Selection Committee reviews all nominations and selects finalists. The committee is representative of the diversity of our institution, composed of Penn leaders from the Provost, Executive Vice President, and Vice President of Human Resources areas previous Models of Excellence award winners, and other faculty and staff members from across campus.

Finalists are notified in January - and Human Resources then surveys a randomly selected cohort of the finalists' staff for feedback on each candidate's supervisory behaviors. Penn leadership then makes the final selection, and the winner of the Model Supervisor Award is announced live at the Models of Excellence Award Ceremony in the spring.

Awards, Ceremony and Reception

The individual chosen as the Model Supervisor receives $500 and a symbolic award. The other finalists receive $250 and a symbolic award.

The next award ceremony and reception for honorees will take place on March 30, 2016 in Irvine Auditorium. All members of the campus community are invited; more information will be provided as the date approaches.

Previous Honorees

Congratulations to Jules Spaeth, winner of the 2015 Model Supervisor Award.

On March 24, 2015, Jules Spaeth, Senior Executive Director of Services, Perelman School of Medicine, Development and Alumni Relations, received this year’s Model Supervisor Award at the Models of Excellence Award ceremony in Irvine Auditorium. Spaeth was selected from field of outstanding nominees, including fellow finalist Derek Hunsberger, Associate Director, Building Administration, Residential Services, Business Services.

Learn about previous Model Supervisor honorees and their achievements.




Questions? Call 215-898-1012 or contact us by email.
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